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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NEWS: Ex-Country Club Hills police chief arrested on witness tampering charges

--Same story, just another police chief.
Not saying all chiefs are bad but they all like to spew their ethics to their troops and then some go out do whatever they like.--
Duke

Story at Chicago Tribune

Authorities say Regina Evans coached a witness to lie about allegedly cashing fake paychecks tied to state grant

By Joseph Ryan
Chicago Tribune reporter
6:41 AM CDT, March 19, 2013

A former south suburban police chief is in custody after being charged with witness tampering in a federal fraud case involving a $1.25 million state grant.

Ex-Country Club Hills Chief Regina Evans is accused of coaching a witness to lie to the grand jury about allegedly cashing fake paychecks and returning the money to Evans.

Evans, a former Chicago police lieutenant, and her husband were charged last year with siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from the job-training grant to pay friends and relatives and cover the mortgage on the couple's landmark New Regal Theater on Chicago's South Side. The money was supposed to help train dozens of minorities and women for construction jobs.

In the latest charges, authorities say Evans directed a close associate to lie to investigators while downplaying the associate's concerns about getting caught.

Evans' attorney, Lawrence Beaumont, said his client is innocent. "We dispute the allegations, and we plan on litigating the matter vigorously," Beaumont said.

Authorities say they have it on tape. The recordings started last month, soon after the associate told a grand jury about teaching courses for the nonprofit and being paid thousands of dollars, authorities say. The associate was not named in court records.

After the testimony, authorities say, they accused the associate of lying to the grand jury. Days later, authorities say, the story changed: The associate didn't do any training and gave the money from her paychecks to Evans.

Over the following weeks, authorities say, the associate participated in secretly recorded conversations with Evans. Court records say the veteran cop pushed the associate to lie, saying at one point, "Don't let them mess with your mind," and at another, "They can't prove you're lying about anything unless you go in there and tell them."

Evans' We Are Our Brothers Keeper was awarded the grant in 2009.

Evans, who resigned her post as top cop in 2011, was arrested Friday and ordered held in Sangamon County until a hearing Monday.

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